December 6th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Bush in Philadelphia: 'Welcome to my hanging'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Bush got a look at a new presidential portrait Saturday."](CNN) - President Bush has often said he doesn’t dwell on how others view him – but he spent plenty of time Saturday taking in one conception, attending the unveiling of a presidential portrait in at a private club in Philadelphia.

"Welcome to my hanging," said Bush, to laughter from the crowd.

Watch Bush at his portrait's unveiling

Artist Mark Carder painted the portrait after taking hundreds of photos of Bush this spring. In it, Bush is standing in the White House Treaty Room, looking straight ahead.

“I was taken aback by how much gray paint you had to use,” Bush told Carder in his Saturday comments at the Union League in Philadelphia. “It speaks more about my job than yours.”

The president also compared himself to another commander-in-chief. “I found it interesting that the League was founded in 1862, to support President Lincoln in a time when his leadership was deeply controversial,” he said. “I know how he felt.”

Read why Bush faces a turbulent post-presidency

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  1. New England Yankee

    To The Weatherman-The man is geniuos....? He is, without any doubt, the biggest bleeping idiot ever to hold office, of any level! Yes, he made money, for Cheney, who was his puppetmaster, and all of their wealthy friends. History will show, hopefully in my lifetime, that George W. Bush, was the absolute WORST president in the history of the United States of American. Hell, he would have been the worst president of any high school student council. How can you moronic right-wingers even post that there was something positive about his eight years? Oh, I forgot, you listen to douche limbaugh. The only positive of his presidency is the fact that he is leaving. His portrait should have been done by Salvador Dali!

    December 6, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Larry

    Good point,and time will favor you,people will need to be further educated on what the real situation was that you walked into,and all that you have accomplished.

    December 6, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  3. Alex

    Do they still hang people for treason? War crimes? I think a pretty solid case could be made for both, based on the public record alone. Still, get Cheney away from that shredder, ASAP!

    December 6, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  4. oh no i can't see

    Where's the talk of that windfall profit tax? We need the government to bail out the economy. Bring it up more.

    December 6, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. len

    He was a complete and utter failure. He stole the first election, but the fact that he re-elected, and not impeached was/is so beyond the realm of comprehension. He and the dullards who elected him should be so, so ashamed.

    December 6, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Gaylon Barrow

    Why is his so much bigger than Lincoln's OH I KNOW HE WAS A BIGGER BUFFOON!!!

    December 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. Diana

    Linda, it is my husband (20 yrs in Army), and all of the US Military that has kept and will continue to keep this country safe, NOT the idiot George Bush. Many people I know in the US Military look forward to the day he is out of office. Bush and Cheney are evil men who made a huge profit from the wars, and could care less about the thousands of lives lost because of their greed. It's amazing how you can still praise him after all the damage he's done to our great country?

    December 6, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. Christa

    why do I not like bush, because he does not speak for the things that I believe in. Yes is he in part to blame for the economy but I am so much more happier to see him go because of the fact that he goes against so much that I believe in and Obama is for so much that I do.


    December 6, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Diane

    I think Bush has gotten a bad rap from day 1. Everyone seems to forget the bubble was bursting while Clinton was still in office. They also seem to have forgotten he signed NAFTA, let binLaden go when he had the chance to do something about him, and brought disgrace to the office with his dallying with other women. He didn't ask for Rita, Katrina, Ike, floods in Midwest, fires in California, etc. He doesn't approve of the murder of babies while having fits about convicted murderers getting the death penalty. Whether these Democrats want to believe it or not this country was founded on Christian values and they are throwing them away as fast as they can.

    December 6, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. mark

    This one will be prominently displayed in the janitors quarters. We will want no reminders of this con man come 2009.

    December 6, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. earle,woodstock,vt

    How grey I've become? Yea, the "Dorey and Grey" look of a dilusional fern! History is always biased by the author,and there's a scarcity(suicidal authors) for this scholar. Controversial,and arrogance are sparsed by character which emulates Mr."Bush",and I pray that Jeb baby(middle brother) loses his senate run in Florida (2010). PS Lincoln's leadership was never controversial, it was a necessary war for the preservation of the "Republic of the United States of America"(the guy doesnt even know history,...

    December 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Cara

    Did Bush really welcome us to his hanging? He welcomed us to Saddam Hussein's hanging, as well.

    December 6, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. catmom

    George Bush and the Republicans had complete control over all branches of the government for 6 out of 8 years. During that time he never vetoed a thing. He took us to war on faulty intelligence and used fear an scare to keep the American people in line. He ruined our reputation all over the world with his form of diplomacy. When the American people finally began to see the light, he lost control of the Congress. All of a sudden he found the veto pen. He began to veto everything Democrats tried to do. Republicans in Congress played along and protected him while the country fell apart. No matter how much you Republicans want to blame every one else besides Bush and the Republicans, it won't work. Even if you want to believe it was everyone else's fault, what the heck has Bush been doing for the past 8 years? As far as keeping us safe, that depends on what you consider safe especially considering the state our country is in now.

    December 6, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. Chicago

    I dont understand, isnt "liberal" supposed to mean progressive and open to everyone's ideas equally? Seems to me like if you do not agree with everything liberals say they hate your guts and blog about you like psychotic babies.

    December 6, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Give it a Rest

    Linda – He alone has not ruined our economy–he inherited a lot of the mess and please put some of the blame on the democratic congress for the last 2 years.

    Ok, so tell me how he inherited a mess of a 200 Billion dollar SURPLUS. Please wake up.

    Phil – I'd take another 4 years of bush instead of BO. Just wait.

    Obviously you liked having the United States go down the toilet the last four years. The same goes to you, please wake up.

    December 6, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. dmjakers

    How about that? The worst miserable failure of a president in the history of the United States compared himself to Abraham Lincoln!
    Mr Bush, you are NO Abraham Lincoln. You are Herbert Hoover, only a hundred times worse. YOU left us in two failed wars with a $13 trillion deficit (including the trilion you gave to Citigroup and friends). Even Herbert Hoover didn't screw things up nearly so bad as you have, Mr. President.
    Thanks to you we cannot afford a rope.

    December 6, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  17. John

    He is right. He deserves to be hanged for the unprecedented crime against humanity!

    December 6, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Brenda C

    Great picture Mr. President. Thank you for serving this great country and standing up for what you know is right. It is sad to be losing a Commander In Chief who knows how to command and keep us safe. Please keep America in your prayers as you know we will need it more than ever. We love you and the First Lady. Thank her for always being proud of being an American and proud of her country. She has truly always been a real lady.

    December 6, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  19. Janice

    A handful of ignorant morons defending one of there own to the very end no matter how screwed up he's been.

    December 6, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Personal Failure

    Bush comparing himself to Lincoln is offensive in the extreme. Bush was not our best president, nor is he a genius- unless you consider thousands of dead US soldiers and 1.2 million dead Iraqis genius. (No dead bin Laden yet, and al Queda is live and well.) You would also have to consider torture a good thing (no lives saved yet), illegal indefinite detainment a good thing (charge them or let them go), wiretapping everyone a good thing, and lying to the the entire US (wmds, anyone) a good thing. Oh, and letting the residents of New Orleans twist in the wind after Katrina? Fan-freakin'-tastic.

    Lincoln brought the country together after it had, quite literally, split in two. Bush cares about no one besides himself. I can't quite figure out if he is incompetent, or pure evil, but Lincoln, he is not.

    December 6, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. MM

    To put all the blame for the nation's ills on one man not only shows liberal ignorance but blindness to the truth as well. God help you when something goes wrong after Jan will you cope? You will have no one to blame and God knows that the Obama Messiah can do no wrong. Add to that a Democratic Congress and I imagine your little pea brains will go into a tailspin looking for a scapegoat. It'll be such fun to watch! Good luck!

    December 6, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  22. freedom

    Clinton inherited the first Bush's plans, economy, jobs etc. That is why everyone thinks that Clinton did it. Well, people look at the history books Bush #1 did all of the dirty and hard woek and that greedy Monica, cheating husband got all the credit for it. To me he was horrible. Who knows how much terror stuff was out there when he was in office and never did anything about it. Maybe 9/11 could have been stopped?? If Clinton stopped looking at the interns for 5 mins and pay attention to his advisors. Ooh yeah and thanks for voting for Nobama and letting him raise my taxes.

    December 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. Joe Nevada

    This guy is an absolute bag of human waste...His picture does not belong hanging in the White House...It belongs on a black and white "WANTED" poster in every post office, and police station in the country and INTERPOL Office in the world..

    He is the WORST PRESIDENT in 232 years of American history.

    43 more days left for this BUTTHEAD.

    December 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. rdh

    I'm sure that the President is preview to much more information on a daily basis than we will ever be aware of. Has W made mistakes? Sure but who are we to throw stones at our elected leader when we are guilty of similar mistakes but on a lesser level. Let's cut the guys some slack.

    December 6, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. Lisa


    President Bush made mistakes but we're a forgiving Nation. We have picked a new leader that is not Bush bashing our President. I have not like how Bush has run the Country for the most part, but we must give him the respect that that Office's holds.

    We voted him in, we keep him, and we learned our lesson. I am happy that President-Elect Obama will come in now and try to fix some of the problems left behind by President Bush.....BUT RESPECT OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT.

    I like the picture Mr. President.

    December 6, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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